See the Part 1, below this entry.
There is a belief that when the "second coming" comes, when we cross the galactic plane, when we enter the age of Aquarius, something historic and metaphysical occurrence will be thrust onto humanity, like Rapture or a dimensional split, separating souls into different dimensions.
Now on a personal level, I will say this; (some of my friends know this) but I swear on the life of my cat that this is true; I have a memory of Nelson Mandela dieing in prison years ago. Between 1986 and 1989. I was still a kid then, but I remember it. There were demonstrations and riots all over Africa. I remember watching the news on it. I remember it vividly, because the protesters were so mad and I thought it was sad because he never got out of jail. There was a big funeral and everything. It was as big and media hot, as Diana's death.
But I know your saying, “no, he’s alive”.
Now, I would discount it maybe as a dream-BUT there are other people who have the same memory as me. They are only a few, but I have found at least one other person. And read it from others.
So what I’m saying is, at some point, me in another timeline, joined with me, in this dimension. (And I’m certain it wasn’t a dream.) Physicists say that dimensions could resemble bubbles. Maybe then two bubbles merged, and here I am.
In my book, I have two dimensions where the souls with enlightened karmic levels reside, and those with less than admirable qualities reside and souls are not shared. Of course the (old) Elite reside in the Lower Dimension, and the more evolved sentient Fathis Elite, reside in the Upper Dimension.
This also works with the idea of the Rapture, because only God could split the souls into the two dimensions. It wouldn’t matter what religion said people were a part of, only whether they were spiritually, mentally evolved enough. Which going through the tribulations of the Breaking, tested everyone’s resolve, easily placing them in one dimension or another.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, pole reversal to me, is one of the scariest because it would screw with everything all at once. The ocean tide, the magnetic field, the crust of the earth. It would trigger so many cataclysmic events so fast, I couldn’t even do it justice talking about it here. So many of things I went over earlier in this post and the one before, would happen almost instantly, instead of being drawn out for years.
But in Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, it did happen...but that isn’t what broke humanity...
Not Manmade Events
Here’s the doozy. What if the extraterrestrial population gave Eisenhower an ultimatum, saying “Tell them, or we will”? So then one day, spaceships around our planet “de-cloak” and now a lot of panic (in the government) and explaining is needed.
How would the population handle it? Would we freak, or would we shrug and ignore them? In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon's history, both had occurred.
So what is the Alien agenda? Well I believe, like us, there are many different E.T. agendas out there. Some evil, some benign but the point is, there are “agendas”. Whether they be good or bad, honestly no agenda should be pressed onto Earth population. Period.
It’s like the US pushing their way of life and ideology onto the people of Afghanistan (or anywhere else). Do I think women being stoned as an acceptable way of practicing law enforcement? NO! Absolutely no! But if their civilization doesn’t understand why this is wrong, even after we stop them. It’s still going to happen again, when the US’s back is turned, because they have not developed socially yet. They need to do this on their own. Maybe the US could give them schools, but pushing laws and such onto them, will not stop the mentality that “it is ok to harm a woman in this manner”. They need to develop at their own rate or the consequences to the Enforcing Power (the US) could be detrimental and the Enforcing Power could be harmed and blamed for every nuance of failure in this newly created society. The answer is school. A more educated a person is, the more likely they'll find such behavior as abhorrent.
So back to the alien agenda; this is why I think ANY agenda being good or bad, would be bad no matter what. If they are out there, they need to just leave us alone and let us figure it out. Because if it back fires (and being an earthling-I know it will) it will back fire on them in monumental proportions. We are not an easy species to predict, and when you think you can; then you’ve already made a mistake.
It is believed and said by some ufologists, that there is currently an alien war going on above the earth as to who will have the rights to our planet. (How to see this war, click here)
What if one day we earthling could physically see this war going on above us. Would we fight back-of course. We’d be terrified at first, but when the stakes are presented, no matter what technological advantage they have over us, we would fight. And when earthlings unite (which they would hope never happens) I have absolutely no doubt we would be a terrible force to be reckoned with.
It is also believed by some, that the “Grays” have started a program to infiltrate earth humanity by splicing their genes in with ours, so they can subtly take-over the population with a telepathic mind control. I know, sounds like crazy conspiracy theory, but hey, if we were evil, and went to another planet because we wanted what was on that planet, how would we get the cooperation of the populace without alarming them?
And this is what constituted “the Breaking” of Humanity. When it was discovered that for years a breeding program had been taking place with the knowledge of some governments and (old) Elite, the population lost it. All hell broke loose; it was man against man, man against alien. No one was safe. Which then incited the next series of events.
In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, after we pass the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy, the portion of our brains that were previously dormant, is suddenly turned “on” giving us supernatural abilities. And then, collectively and simultaneously, humankind thinks/hopes/prays for the death of a particular alien species, the “Grays”. With that, we kill-off the entire race using our minds without our knowledge of even doing so. This now makes earthlings, the scariest thing in the known Milky Way Galaxy.
Personally, I do believe that some agreement was made with Aliens during the Eisenhower’s era (stated during an earlier blog under "president") and it truly ticks me off. Allowing extraterrestrials access to us human beings is not the kind of thing one man on earth can represent. If anything, it was a mistake the E.T.s made believing, the US as the technologically predominate society on earth and that we elected Eisenhower, meant he idolizes and encompasses everything we earthlings believe and represent. This is an egregious mistake on their part. We are an individualistic society. Just like we could not choose one person to represent all religions on our planet, we could not choose one man to represent our interactions and understanding of an extraterrestrial species. It is up to the individual. It may seem chaotic but that’s the facts of humanity. The contract Eisenhower made with them, should have died with him. For the contract to be legal, it should be presented to the entire population-not to one man. Then again, it did work out to the E.T.s advantage and landing the US government's balls in a vice. Our government is now powerless against the extraterrestrial technological might, and can’t tell us, for fear of utter anarchy aimed at them. Talk about screwing up...
In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, this had ALL happened in my characters not too distant past. Some of the living Fathis Elite members lived through it, but overall, many just have grandparents who survived this traumatic time period. And as expected, the billions of people that went into it, did not survive. It was a hard time that could have killed-off our race, if there weren’t so many of us to begin with.
Maybe someday I’ll come up with a story for this time period, but for now, I just have to get the story of Kealin out of my head. And remember, Fathis: Birth of a Falcon is a work of fiction, but all good fiction has a basis in reality. The question is, how much of my book is based in reality?
This will be a “two parter”
In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, “the Breaking” in Earth’s history spans over a long time frame. From 1940’s to 2112. During this time many catastrophes contributed to “the Breaking” of mankind.
These events are what shaped the new earth which this Fathis team lives in, 250 years into our future.
First I will go over the natural occurrences. (mother nature)
There is a quickening of events that involves mother nature.
Weather occurrences and their strengths, seem to be scaling up a notch every rotation the earth takes around the sun. This we can easily say is happening before our eyes. Many call it global warming...I personally, do not think this can all be accounted to one thing.
So far we’re dealing with it. Many sort-of raise their eyebrows to the events going on around us. But otherwise, unless a person is personally confronted with the event, people are just cataloging it in their mind as a surprising anomaly.
You could even categorize stronger than normal earthquakes in this field. But I believe earthquakes and volcanoes belong in the “Natural Space Events”.
Natural Space Events
Seismology and volcanologists study the earth and its crusts, but I believe they need to look up. If the moon is strong enough to pull zillions of tons of water into waves around the planet, then it is strong enough to manipulate the earth’s crust. And the sun’s gravitational field would also be able to shift the crust on our planet, as well. If things heated up and there was a sudden pull from both, how would our planet handle it? How would the people of earth handle worldwide seismic calamities? Like what happened in Haiti or Japan or Indonesia, with tsunamis and fires, and the breakdown of nuclear power plants? No one would be able to help anyone, because they would be dealing with their own problems.
In space there is a multitude of events and near misses that happen every day around us.
Sun flares are a typical occurrence. If a flare was strong enough, and blew by the earth, it would create an all-consuming electronic wipe-out. This EMP pulse would burn-out everything from defense satellites to your iPod, sending the civilization to a standstill. The only electronics that would be safe, would be the things deep underground.
How would we survive without our electronics? What if there was nothing to clean or pump water to our home? Or a way to travel out of a city because all the vehicles, run by computers chips, have stopped working. It would be chaos and mass hysteria. And worldwide. Ironically, the less civilized societies on our planet would be impacted the least. To them it would still be business as usual.
And suppose a large meteorite hit the earth. It would send us into a mini ice age, at the least. It would likely set off earthquakes worldwide. Volcanoes would blow from the pressure, and new ones would emerge from the crust, sending ash high into the stratosphere.
Scary stuff, but it all happened in the past, in my book.
How about that civil unrest? Already it plagues the population as the ones “who have” get more, and the ones “who have not” get even less. It will only get worse the larger the divide becomes. And when a person has no home, no food, and no hope, the reason to stay civil becomes blurred. Then there are the people “trying” to run the show, also known as the Industrial Military Complex, or Illuminati, or the Elite, who become bolder as 12/21/12 approaches.
(This part, I admit, is a little confusing in Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, because there is the (old) “Elite” and the “Fathis Elite”, which these two groups couldn’t be more opposite of one another.)
The old Elite are the current greedy rich in today’s society that believe they are the king makers and breakers of the world. The Bilderberg group would be good place to research, if you’re so inclined. (official site, conspiracy site) They are a group of men (few women) who believe they are entitled to rule the world. Countries are mere chess pieces and the populace is purely cattle. They aren’t even interested in money because they have more than god-its power they are consumed with acquiring. It is also believed, "they" are in a deceptive practice of working with the Gray aliens to acquire technology in exchange for human DNA. This DNA is then used for the Gray’s breeding program. But these (old) Elite are not as smart as they think they are. They too, are mortals and shall fall, and their children’s children, will pay for their ego via the Grays deception. Once population discovers their sinister dealings, they are hunted with a ruthless intent. Eventually, what is left of their kind, is removed to the Lower Dimension.
The Fathis Elite on the other hand, are a group of men and women who had survived the Breaking, and even negotiated a treaty with the Galactic Assemblage to let Earth exist. They are karmic-ly advanced and are very knowledgeable with the Ethereal.
Yet, there are aristocracies that take place in both religious and government names, in the form of mass genocide and wars. Religions become more fanatical because they believe the end is near. They become more of a mob mentality, trying to force people to convert to their beliefs. If they don’t convert, they kill them in the name of their god. Kealin’s family came from a similar religious group who ended up on the Upper Dimension. But this group didn’t kill in the name of God. The mockery of a religious war, is to me, as low as humanity can go. Religious wars are just embarrassing. Here you are, trying to preach that your god is a more sentient being then their god, and to prove it you kill someone. That is sooo bass-ackwards!
The scarcities in food and water will eventually force nations to go to war with one another. Ultimately, governments lose control of their people, and all the governments on planet earth implode from within. The knowledge that they (and the Elite) mislead the population on the E.T. infiltration, is their downfall.
The surviving populace resort to small townships to keep the order, and it stays that way, until the Fathis teams are developed.
So again, all of this takes place during the Breaking, creating quite an interesting time to live through.
Stay tuned for part 2.
In order to write believable characters it is always good to have pieces of you, in each character. To people who know me, it is easy to see what parts are me and what parts are contrived. It is good to have characters that vastly differ from one another, gives the story texture. But no one I know is safe really, I’ll take pieces of people I know and incorporate them into characters throughout.
*Each position on the team is associated with a color and a gem stone that is applied to a team’s mascot pin.
Na’tan is the typical controlling personality with a bit of an anxiety disorder. Everyone knows someone like this. Either a parent, a spouse, or sibling that takes on the role of a leader trying to protect everyone and stressing out on “what could happen”. This makes Na’tan a perfect Captain for the Peregrine Falcons.
I guess I do have a bit (LOL) of a controlling attribute but not the anxiety. Na’tan also has a superiority complex, an arrogance that I know I appear to have sometimes. And the feeling that I must always be in control and try to imagine every possible scenario-yeah that’s me.
Na'tan not only has a keen understanding of the smaller parts to a bigger picture, but can see how the bigger picture can influence the universe, which again, makes him an excellent Captain. Over time Na’tan had to learn, and still struggles with, letting go of controlling others. He has a tendency to blame himself if anything goes wrong, and internally beats himself up, until it is almost considered an mental disorder. Thankfully everyone on the team can hear his internal thoughts and can stop him before he goes too far.
Kealin is a girly girl, which I am not. But she is also driven to never being nailed down to anything, which is me to the hilt.
Freedom in all things is beyond important to me, freedom of belief, thoughts, even being tied physically to a place or title.
Yet, Kealin’s avoidance of anything new, is a friend of mine. Kealin will change drastically over the series of the books. Right now, she lacks confidence in everything, especially herself. In her teenage passive aggressive way, she does fight against the concept of being a part of this team because of her trust issues. Again, being forced to be on the Peregrine Falcons goes against her personality, so trusting a group of people and their abilities is currently a bit of a reach for her. But in time, she will come to trust them, and even rely on them. She is also naive and believes that everyone has a loftier goal at heart.
Cornac is that guy that knows he’s gorgeous and has no problem flaunting it and using it to influence people. Everyone knows a guy like this, the hot quarterback, the confident guy who has no problem swaggering into a room full of people, because he thinks everyone in the room either wants to be him or know him. His charisma can be construed as conceit, but let’s face it, guys like that usually get what they want. Cornac and his crude thoughts are without a doubt me. But he enjoys pushing the boundaries and finds life to be amusing. He’s very relaxed and doesn’t stress because he believes life is short. When you gotta go, then it’s time to go, so might as well try everything full throttle until then.
I suppose that is my belief as well. If you don’t try things and push your boundaries then what’s the point of living this life. But I have to say, a part of Cornac is my cat. He knows he's gorgeous, and that he can get whatever he wants with one look.
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was write for Nicholas. He is considered the most intelligent and manipulative on the team. Being an Intelligence Information Officer makes it his prerogative to be this way, though I do not get into his craftiness in this book. He has to be able to subtly, psychologically, manipulate alien societies/beings to complete his team’s objective. Nicholas is required to know all the players and their culture. He appears to be the quiet contemplative type who tries to discover all sides to a theory, or person, or situation. Generally IIO are the most intelligent and use more of the brain power than the rest of their teammates. Their memory capacity is beyond measure and for good reason.
I suppose my characteristic that I add to Nicholas is I do know how to manipulate people and situations. Like I said, I didn’t get into the manipulative aspect of Nicholas in this book, I only get into his intelligence and drive for knowledge. But it is difficult writing about a person smarter than yourself. Very difficult. I know what he does-thinks-sees, yet to get it down in words that are a fair representation of Nicholas, is difficult to say the least.
Henry and his blinded belief that everyone has good intentions, has a hard time understanding those who are evil. He is compassionate almost to a fault. Henry cares deeply for everyone, not just his teammates. The only time Henry loses his temper is when a teammate willfully jeopardizes their health. But he continually tries to placate opposing personalities with his gentle disposition. He is a nurturer but finds being on a Fathis team invigorating and a testament of testing his limits as a healer. Henry is the Falcon’s moral compass and is the loving father figure everyone can rely on.
Henry is possibly the character that is least like me, but I know several people that emulate him.
Hands down my favorite character is Ray-cause he’s such an ass. In the first book he hates Kealin. In the second, he does a 180 and becomes overprotective of her. You get a feel for his extreme personality. Ray is always misinterpreted and appears to look at things in a black and white manner. He blatantly speaks his mind (his “filter button is broken”). “Tactless” would be a good word for Ray. And he fully embraces his OCD’s. Everything in his life/world must be perfectly in-order, and anything that seems chaotic and unpredictable (Kealin), he shies away from. His ego is ridiculously enormous. You may love him, you may hate him, but he is who he is, and Ray’s changing for no one. He would share similar characteristics with Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory on CBS, except Ray knows how to physically fight. All his pent-up frustrations and anger, is funneled into his fighting skills, making him as lethal as a martial arts expert.
Being misunderstood is something I can relate to. Many times something comes out of my mouth is misinterpreted completely. So many times... And people always seem to believe there is an ulterior motive, but 98% of the time it’s just their suspicious mind over-thinking what I’ve said. Matter of fact, if I say something and you don’t “feel” you’re being misled, is when I am misleading a person :) (That is where my "Nicholas characteristics" comes out) And again people do seem to believe I am tactless at times (I'm just being truthful). And when I was young I used to think Sesame Street was demeaning. I couldn’t stand watching it. Of course, I didn’t know the word “demeaning” at the time, but there ya go. That is a very "Ray observation".
Thatcher is a loner with an eccentric disposition. In the past he struggled with being different, but came to the healthy conclusion that he is who he is, and he shouldn’t care if he fit-in with his fellow Engineers. Soon, he learned to embrace his differences, making him more confident yet more reclusive. Thatcher is very relaxed and has a certain boyish charm, though can appear strange to people outside his team because of his habit of saying incomplete thoughts. Thatcher could spend days absorbed in a piece of equipment and not even realize days have gone by. Usually his emotions are so strong that they affect him physically. And he shows little interest in anything beyond his technical universe, making him appear lazy.
I can be a bit of a loner. I could spend days without talking to anyone, and it doesn’t bother me one bit. And I have gotten tunnel vision where time, doesn’t seem to exist.
Many of these characters is an extension of me but there are also pieces of people that I know. Who do I relate to the most, would be a toss-up between Na’tan and Ray.
Say I place a food order, I want this food to be “just so” (Na’tan). I like to eat one item on my plate at a time (Ray), but every so often I like to mix things up just to screw with myself (Cornac). My construed splitting of my personality makes the characters come alive in Fathis: Birth of a Falcon.
_ When the writer repeats something over and over and over, I wana yell, “I got it! Move on!”
When the writer describes or uses terms that their character would have no reference to, and doesn’t correlate to the character's background or view of the world around them.
The writer describes a character as super smart and they seem as dumb as a rock.
A character who over analyzes and monologues in exhausting rhetoric about their thoughts and beliefs. Again I wana yell, “Get on with it!”
I hate it when I can figure out how the plot will be resolved before I hit the halfway mark.
I just hate that.
So what irritates you when you read a book?
And when a cover doesn't match the characters in the book. It's like, really you're (the publisher) that lazy you can't even bother to read your author's book? Really? Because how else could they have gotten it wrong if the main character is a blond and they put a brunette on the cover. So irritating...
I started organizing the next book. I've written sections of it already but I'm trying to decide where to end it...
And I'm trying to decide if I should chop it up and make them into novellas.
_ I’ll admit it. I’m a Luddite to a point. I was probably the last person on the planet to get a cell phone. I think it was 2007? I think. I don’t use it that often. And I still don’t have a facebook page, or any of that crap. And I suck at texting. Takes me too damn long to punch out a single word, too annoying. But I’d die without my puter. SO there!
But people who know me, and know what I do for a living, would just crack up to hear I’m a bit of a Luddite. Considering I work with some of the latest greatest computer programs out there in my field, and also considering how quickly I pick this stuff up. This website is an enormous leap for me, but I figured there would be questions about this Fathis world. And it kind of gets it out of my head, and makes it clearer.
In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon I have it so that technology is so far advanced that it is in the background of their daily lives. Unlike now, how it is in the foreground of everyone’s life. There are no separate components or programs. The only thing separate is the teams’ wrist monitor, and that is only because they go off planet for missions. People use ear buds as phones but it works off of a central global main frame which is also their data storage, television, news source, mail, web browser, libraries of all types, and so on. Everyone has access to it worldwide. No one has control of it. It’s too big.
Once the Breaking happened, humanity plunged into the dark ages for a short time, until we came together. Then with our combined, now powerful minds, our technology exploded. It was more controlled this time, with a design in mind that would make it more nature friendly considering these post-Breaking humans were now having to clean up the broken and destroyed nuclear facilities and chemical plants worldwide.
But the Chief Engineers of the Fathis teams are the leading experts in the technology of their time. They work with Nanites all the way down to the atomic level. But they do work with the very large, like a grid system to protect a planet. They can create memory chips using atoms, and of course, impressive weapons. They work hand-and-hand with the Science division of the Fathis teams.
Hover crafts are the typical means of transportation around the planet and that is based off of the planets magnetic polarity.
The spaceships are actually plants that we learned to “back engineer” into space. But with Earth’s mother ships the size of four football fields, technical devices supporting human life within these space-pods is a necessity. With the combined work of engineers and the Wingmakers gives humanity the chance to travel through space within the safety of these plants. The Wingmakers are in charge of these spaceships.
_ I kept hearing the theories that “this’ll happen on 2012”, or “that” will happen.
I thought, well what if everyone is right, and it ALL happens, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Destructive earth changes, global wars, alien wars, dimensional split, political and religious sabotage, and then the other side of the coin is humanity becoming enlightened, Rapture, mother nature cleaning the slate.
Despite the fact that majority of us would not live through it, what would happen to the survivors?
Other than plunging into the dark ages, again; how would we change if suddenly we had access to 90% of our brain power? (this is one of the theories) And of course in the book I have earthling make a gigantic accidental uh-oh, when we kill-off an alien race during the shift of 2012. But this all takes place in the past in regards to Fathis: Birth of a Falcon.
The story itself actually developed over many, many years. Scenes would play out over in my head, over, and over, and over, until one day in Phoenix, I read a book and realized I could write just as well as that author. (that book will remain anonyms) So I started writing it down. Incredibly, the scenes (voices) in my head stopped replaying once I accurately wrote them down.
Ahhh the silence-oh wait! I’m kidding, there’s at least five years’ worth of the story STILL in my head. I guess I get to stay crazy a little bit longer.
But Kealin was always there, and so was Na’tan. The other characters just weaseled their way in.
And huge majority of the flamboyant scenes are to music, all sorts of music. I guess that is how the story truly developed. Some of the scenes play exactly to the music.
And the back story about 2012, developed over time.
Some say my book is too big and complicated for a teen. Fooy! If I was given “Fellowship of the Ring” at age 10, I would have devoured it just as much as when I was 18.
What’s amazing to me is there is an even bigger story than this one (before the Breaking), that I just don’t have the balls to tackle. Maybe someday.
_ Quite simply, it was the name of a man in Europe who discovered putting people together into "teams", with a strong control of their new Ethereal abilities, built strength and protection for humanity's budding new defenses. The Breaking revealed we were stronger together than apart.
Ironically, the Breaking also made organized religion collapse, making it more of an individualistic quest.
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_ So, tell me a little bit about yourself Mr. Crumb.
Oh, you can call me Nicholas. I enjoy a good read. Do you read?
Yes, I do.
What have you read lately which piques your interest?
Um, actually “Sense and Sensibility”.
Ah yes, Ms. Austen speaks with a mellifluous voice, the truth of which channels straight through one's soul when reading her books aloud. Do you not agree? Though, I do prefer Henry James, “Portrait of a Lady”. And what may I call you?
Melinda is fine. Several of your teammates have hinted around this “Breaking” event. Can you tell me what it is? When it occurs?
I’m sorry dear, may I ask where you live?
On the coast, why?
Hmm, where does your original family live, Melinda?
Do you mean my parents? They live in Montana.
That’s in the middle of your continent, right?
Yes, but what does that have to--
You should move there.
What? I don’t think so, I--
—no, you should really re-locate there. It would be of a cornucopias benefit to your health. Do you have children?
—for their sake, the fresh air will do them good.
Are you trying to tell me, my family and I aren’t safe here? This has something to do with this “breaking”?
I didn’t say that, but it would be an insightful deduction.
You can’t tell me anything else about it?
None of us can interfere with the past; there could be unseen consequences that could affect the future in a disagreeable way for us.
You seem very easy to talk to, easier than some of your teammates. Some of them just shut down when I asked that question. They seemed a little...uncooperative.
Ah, you mean obstinate Ray. He may speak with a vitriolic deportment, but he’s usually harmless.
He has his moments. May I ask how many children you have Melinda?
Heavens! Four children, what a blessing. Tell me; is there one that needs a little more attention than the rest?
Sure, Zach has his moments.
So, you are the designated liaison with aliens for your team, what is that like?
Always intriguing. Although, if I may point out, a majority of the outside agencies in the Universe speak telepathically, and do not utilize an actual addendum, organic language. Not like us. They converse in complex transmissions, which requires we humans to become immersed in highly specialized training to interpret correctly. As a race, we mentally process through random thoughts most of the time, which can be interpreted as grossly erratic to an alien's mind. As a liaison, I am more than a translator - I act as a linguistic, mental buffer to avoid misinterpretation which can lead to misunderstanding and mistrust.
Interesting, and thank you for your time Mr. Crumb.
Of course, and Melinda, promise me you’ll take Zach and your family on an extended trip to your Montana, very, very soon.
I ah—ok. I’ll try.
Try very hard Melinda.
Well, I opened the website. I think I fixed everything. If you see any mistakes, or any "half-thoughts" let me know.
I hope you find it interesting and fun.
I just have Nicholas' interview left. (the hardest) It's hard to write for a man smarter than yourself. Try it. It's hard.
But the funny thing about his interview is, you learn more about her than him... that's Nicholas.
And for all who have bought the book, thanks! Now go tell your friends!
_ You are the Man at Arms for the Peregrine Falcons. So I take it, you are strong and well versed in the form of physical combat?
Well versed. How about you? Are you versed in the physical as well?
Huh?-I ah, well sure I work out. Anyway, I was told you take care of the team’s physical protection, what does that entail?
Making sure no one overpowers any of my teammates. Their safety and a means to protect themselves, is my top priority.
Would you say you’re an expert in strategy?
I’m an expert with all forms of strategic maneuvers. Would you like to see some of my maneuvers?
I don’t see how...we’re not in the same room, not to mention time…
You sound sexy. Tell me what you look like.
I--ahh...how do you prepare your team to protect themselves?
By physical combat sessions, are you a red head? You sound like a red head.
What does that have to--never mind. Mr. Butherson, are you hitting on me?
Do you want to be hit on?
I’m still interviewing you.
I know. Tell me what you like and--
—please, I’m married.
I won’t tell if you won’t.
Are you always this incorrigible?
I always get what I want. Especially when it comes to the ladies.
So, do you have a girlfriend?
Really, why so many?
Hey, when you have honed bod like mine, everyone wants a piece. And don’t get me wrong, I love everything there is about the finer sex. They just love me more.
Wow, you sound conceited.
In all the right places.
Ok, this interview is over.
It is in several places on the web now. I am now going to have a quiet Christmas and sleep.
Hope everyone has a peaceful fulfilling holiday. Hohoho and all that jazz.
_ Unless I get a large turnout I will keep it in electronic format. No reason to spend money if it doesn’t sell.
I originally wrote it up to 153,000 words-which is huge. But I knew literary agents only read things under 100,000 words. And teen books were even less, so I started chopping it down, which also meant I had to rearrange the story line. This really bothered me because it still happened in my head, the way I originally had it.
But I got it down to 100,000.
I didn’t like it any more. It didn’t resemble anything I still had in my head. And the more query letters I sent off to agents, the more I realized I would not be happy if the book was picked up. I knew if an agent decided to represent me, they’ll want me to cut it down even more-and I already hated where it was. It might have been better, but it wouldn’t have been my story, and I wouldn’t be happy with it.
So I got a book from the library about self-editing fiction, and I put it back together. Deleted scenes I thought should be cut and began the process of self-editing. (this was an eye opener)
I learned what I needed to do to self-publish on the web and wa-la! This is where I am today.
If this sells then I’ll make a limited amount of paper books and see how those sell. If an agent or publisher tries to pick me up, (I say “tries” because it would have to be a sweet deal) then I’ll have paperback books. Only time will tell, but I am exploring options.
Amazon has a partner company that makes paper books, I'll check it out.
And here it is on Amazon, Fathis: Birth of a Falcon.
Again, you can download a free software version of Kindle onto your digital device by clicking the link. Or you can wait for me to finish transferring the data to smashwords, or Barnes and Noble.
Whether you like it or hate it, please leave a review at Amazon.
The book is designed with teens in mind, but of course, adults can read it, too. And there is light swearing :) damn!
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